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mystery play

  1. a medieval dramatic form based on a Biblical story, usually dealing with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
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Origin of mystery play

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples

  • Strindberg gives himself this name, probably in allusion to his mystery-play, To Damascus .

    Zones of the Spirit

    August Strindberg

  • The Sacra Rappresentazione is in substance nothing more than the development of the medieval Mistero (“mystery-play”).

  • The artists who used these dotted backgrounds evidently viewed the Horae rather from the mystery-play standpoint.

    Early Illustrated Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for mystery play

mystery play

  1. (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of ChristCompare miracle play
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